RB Rail signed a grant agreement for the Rail Baltica project
RB Rail has entered into an additional cross-border grant agreement with the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) for the Rail Baltica project. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also participated in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program agreement. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to Railway Technology.
Claimed as the largest infrastructure project in the Baltic region, the Rail Baltica project will cover 870 km in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Under the agreement, CEF’s share will be 353.9 million euros, or a maximum of 85% of the total budget of 422.6 million euros allocated to the project. The remaining funds will be contributed by the governments of the three Baltic countries. The funding will be used for approved activities, including the remaining Rail Baltica projects in Lithuania.
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The projects include the mainline section “Poland/Lithuania border to Kaunas urban node”, Kaunas urban node, the design of mainline and regional connections on the section between Kaunas urban node and Vilnius urban node, and the design of Vilnius urban node. Supported funding will also be used for part of land expropriation compensations.
In addition, the grant will be used for construction work on the Rail Baltica mainline in a priority section in Latvia and the development of a detailed technical design for the construction base at the infrastructure maintenance facility in Skulte.
The activities also include the construction of a railway track and associated elements on the Rail Baltica mainline in Estonia, ensuring technical compatibility, as well as an analysis of appropriate procurement models for the construction of a cross-border section.
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